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March 2010
Wind Turbine Syndrome: Myths and Facts

Wind energy enjoys wide public support--91 percent of Americans are in favor of developing more wind and solar energy sources, according to a ABC News/Washington Post Poll in August 2009. However, a small percentage of detractors have raised concerns that the sounds emitted from wind turbines cause adverse health effects.
Wind Turbine in Field Rows artwork
"Wind Turbine Syndrome" is not a medical classification, but a collection of symptoms from a small anecdotal sampling by Dr. Nina Pierpont, who describes herself as "fundamentally a country doctor." While there is no medical research that substantiates her claims about adverse health effects caused by wind turbines, opponents of wind energy projects cite her writings as scientific fact.

Windustry hosted a webinar "Wind Turbine Syndrome: Myths and Facts" working with the Great Lakes Regional Wind Energy Institute with support from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on February 11, 2010. The webinar provided a discussion of the myths and facts behind wind turbine syndrome and how scientific research is used to both support and deny the claims made.

Presenters for Wind Turbine Syndrome: Myths and Facts included:
  • W. David Colby, M.D.: Chatham-Kent Medical Officer of Health (Acting); Associate Professor, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Western Ontario
  • Geoff Leventhall, Ph.D.: Consultant in Noise Vibration and Acoustics, UK
A webinar recording is available on the Windustry web site, along with the slides and the report "Wind Turbine Sound and Health Effects: An Expert Panel Review," prepared by a panel of doctors, audiologists, and acoustical professionals sponsored by the American Wind Energy Association and the Canadian Wind Energy Association.

Get more information and play the webinar
Lisa Daniels Celebrating Women's History Month!

Executive Director Lisa Daniels was celebrated as one of 10 Women in Wind and Solar Energy in honor of Women's History Month on The Green Economy Post:
greeneconomypost.com/women-in-wind-asolar-energy-8579.htm
St. Olaf Wind Turbine Case Study

For decades, Saint Olaf College has been thinking carefully about its energy consumption and impacts on the environment. On the 19th of September 2006, a 1.65 megawatt turbine became a symbol of its commitment to sustainability.

St. Olaf Wind TurbinePete Sandberg, the man who spearheaded the college's effort to erect its own turbine, came to St. Olaf in the 1980s and currently serves as the Assistant Vice President for Facilities. Since he arrived at St. Olaf, Sandberg has been involved in numerous efforts to reduce the college's impact on the environment. As early as the 1980s, St. Olaf considered restoring its land to the condition it was in before European settlement. Long before the current level of concern about climate change, Sandberg and his colleagues realized that sequestering carbon in the soil and vegetation would have been an added benefit of this conservation and restoration initiative.

In the early 2000s St. Olaf began to explore a future for wind energy on its campus, and the idea of installing a wind turbine grew out of both conviction and practicality. At the time, the college was in the early stages of planning a new 100,000 square-foot science center that would consume a significant amount of electricity. Despite pursuing LEED certification and maximizing energy efficiency, Sandberg and staff had been left to wonder how they might further reduce the operating cost impact of adding this new building to the campus grid. On-site renewable generation emerged as a potential alternative to buying more electricity from Xcel.

Read the complete St. Olaf Wind Turbine Case Study

Community Wind Energy Conferences Go Regional
Community Wind Across America

With support from the US Department of Energy, Windustry will present three regional Community Wind Energy Conferences in 2010.  These conferences bring economic development, agriculture and wind energy together to advance opportunities for locally-owned clean energy production. We will share experiences and information to harness the growing momentum for new models, new policies, and new projects.

Community Wind Energy Conference

Who should attend Windustry's Community Wind Energy 2010: farmers, rural landowners, economic development professionals, elected officials, business and community leaders, tribal representatives, financiers, city planners, and any interested individuals.

DAY ONE: Open dialogue on local, state, and national public policies for community wind energy and options for financing projects

DAY TWO: Practical information on how to put together a Community Wind project

Both days will feature informative sessions on Small Wind, home and farm size turbines (small machines less than 100 kW).

Registration will be available soon. Visit www.windustry.org or contact Samantha Smart Merritt at 612-870-3474 or Samantha@windustry.org.
Windspiration

What American poet was honored by the US Postal Service with a stamp on the centennial of his birth on August 19, 1902, the first stamp to use the word "sex"?
Turbine Wind
Indoors or out, no one relaxes
In March, that month of wind and taxes,
The wind will presently disappear,
The taxes last us all the year.


Find out at Windspiration
On the Windustry Trail...

Windustry staff have been busy working on Community Wind:

  • We presented on Community Wind and Landowner Options in Kiester, MN organized by the R9 Development Commission and funded by the Southwest Initiative Foundation.

  • We presented Wind Energy 101 to over 200 attendees at the Siting, Zoning, & Taxing Wind Farms in Illinois Conference in Peoria, IL organized by the Illinois Wind Working Group. Representatives from every county in Illinois were present!

  • We are happy to report a record turn-out by members of the Wind Working Groups from WI, MI, IL, IN, and OH at the Great Lakes Regional Wind Energy Institute Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, IN. Windustry coordinated the meeting and the archived presentations are available on the Windustry web site.

  • We presented Wind Energy 101 at the Woodlake Nature Center in Richfield, MN as part of their winter session of Adult Education lectures.